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Washington is Open for Business

Washington is Open for Business Washington is Open for Business Washington REALTORS and the NWMLS are excited to announce that effective Wednesday, June 30th, Washington State will lift the majority of restrictions imposed on businesses, including those restrictions affecting the real estate industry. However, certain face covering requirements still apply to real estate firms and…

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Real Estate Professionals Classification as Independent Contractors

Real Estate Professionals Classification as Independent Contractors Real Estate Professionals Classification as Independent Contractors Of the 1.4 million members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), approximately 87 percent are classified as independent contractors. This classification is essential to the real estate industry, homeowners across the country, and to boosting the economy. The ability to…

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CDC Eviction Moratorium Vacated and Stayed

CDC Eviction Moratorium Vacated and Stayed CDC Eviction Moratorium Vacated and Stayed On May 5, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) nationwide eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of June, concluding the moratorium exceeds the limits Congress placed on the CDC’s…

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10 Dos and Don’ts for New Homebuyers with Septic Systems

10 Dos and Don’ts for New Homebuyers with Septic Systems 10 Dos and Don’ts for New Homebuyers with Septic Systems Your Septic System Do’s & Don’ts Do: Inspect your system annually. Routine maintenance allows you to catch issues before they become emergencies. Pump your tank every 3-5 years or as frequent as your service provider…

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Changes to Insurance Regulations May Delay Closings

Changes to Insurance Regulations May Delay Closings Changes to Insurance Regulations May Delay Closings At Cross Insurance Agency we believe in “Insurance with no surprises.” With that in mind, we felt it was essential to reach out to our partners and friends in the Mortgage and Real Estate industry with an update on some recent changes in the insurance marketplace in Washington state that may impact you…

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Yun: Consumer Spending Likely to Spur Economy

Yun: Consumer Spending Likely to Spur Economy Yun: Consumer Spending Likely to Spur Economy Source: REALTOR Magazine The economy is at 99% of its pre-pandemic activity, and growth in Americans’ income and savings could propel housing in the second half of the year, Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®, said Thursday…

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NEW MASK GUIDANCE FOR REAL ESTATE BROKERS, COUNTY PHASE UPDATE, STATE REOPENING DATE ANNOUNCED

NEW MASK GUIDANCE FOR REAL ESTATE BROKERS, COUNTY PHASE UPDATE, STATE REOPENING DATE ANNOUNCED NEW MASK GUIDANCE FOR REAL ESTATE BROKERS, COUNTY PHASE UPDATE, STATE REOPENING DATE ANNOUNCED On May 13th, Governor Inslee announced that Washington will adopt new masking guidance as issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). This guidance allows…

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Court Strikes Down Eviction Ban

Court Strikes Down Eviction Ban Court Strikes Down Eviction Ban U.S. District Court Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of the District of Columbia struck down a nationwide eviction moratorium Wednesday, calling it unlawful. Friedrich’s ruling applies nationwide. The eviction ban was put in place last year by the Trump administration using public health powers granted to…

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State legislature passes new fair housing education requirements for real estate brokers

State legislature passes new fair housing education requirements for real estate brokers State legislature passes new fair housing education requirements for real estate brokers On April 26, the Washington State Legislature passed SB 5378 which expands training requirements for fair housing clock hours for real estate brokers and managing brokers. The bill is on the Governor’s desk…

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New Staff Join TPCAR

New Staff Join TPCAR New Staff Join TPCAR Sean Martin Sean brings 16 years of experience in the housing industry, including having previously served as Government Affairs Director and Executive Director at the 5,000 member Rental Housing Association of Washington. In his time with RHAWA he oversaw radical transformation of membership benefits and association technology,…

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